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Women in Trading – Journaling

August 20, 2021

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Journaling: I know based on my own experience that it is the most dreaded topic when it comes to trading, yet it is an important part of a trader’s journey.

Hello, Tackle Traders.

Journaling: I know based on my own experience that it is the most dreaded topic when it comes to trading, yet it is an important part of a trader’s journey. Why do we all avoid it? I’ve met many students that are so disciplined in all other areas of trading like position sizing, asset allocation, strategy selection, delta and theta rules yet when it comes to journaling the same level of focus and attention to detail is lacking.

If family feud had a chance to poll a bunch of traders asking what they like most about trading, I can guarantee journaling would not come in as the number #1 answer. It might be shocking if it even came up as an answer. So why to we avoid it or put it off for so long, yet we hear all the time how essential it is to journal? I guess to answer that question we need to answer the other question of why is journaling so important? Most people think that their statement from their brokerage is sufficient enough as a way to keep track of your profit and loss. That is true, however looking at your profit and loss tells you nothing about how the strategies you used to trade played out. It tells you nothing about the type of trader you are, be it a day trader, swing trader, position trader or investor. It also does not layout whether you have a bias towards certain stocks or sectors. Knowing which stocks were the major contributors to those wins or loses is kind of a big deal and P/L number on your screen tells you none of that. If journaling is that important, the reason we do not take it as seriously as determining our entry or position sizing for example is quite frankly, we become lazy and lack the discipline and consistency we have everywhere else.

If you ran a retail business, you’d want to know what products or services generate a higher revenue over others. You’d want to know the cost of said products or services and the returns they yield. Do certain products appeal to one demographic over another and so on and so on. If you do not keep a trading a journal, how can you tell the success rate of your cash flow vs directional trades? Better yet, are you better with naked puts or covered calls? You may peg yourself as a cash flow position trader however based on your wins and loses you might find that you are a better directional swing trader. If you are being coached, your coach can easily identify any flaws in your business just by looking at your trade journal. There are no ifs or buts around this, just do it!

Tonight we continue the discussion on journaling. To get you prepared for this, you will find a few articles on journaling and how to use the spreadsheets at the end of this article.

Go time is at 8:30 pm est for the Women In Trading Webinar so I’ll see you there and invite a girlfriend or two.

Until next time!

Coach Em

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